Management Committee – Making it happen
Alessia is a development and humanitarian professional with over 16 years’ experience acquired within the United Nations (UN), Palladium, and other private sector organizations in different countries. She has successfully developed and managed complex programs to achieve ambitious objectives for the improvement of the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable. Countries of experience include Timor-Leste, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
As Emergency Response Manager for FAO of the UN in the Philippines, she led the response to Typhoon Haiyan, scaling its scale and impact through bold and innovative approaches. The program is now considered the “flagship program” for humanitarian response by FAO. As Emergency and Resilience Building Advisor in Bangladesh and Turkey, Alessia contributed to the development of the organizational programs in response to the Rohingya and Syrian refugees’ crises, respectively, and designed their Accountability to Affected Populations frameworks.
In her former role as Director, Business Delivery Integration at Palladium, Alessia successfully implemented innovative and people-centred approaches to program delivery and implementation for the generation of positive impact. Prior to embarking in development and humanitarian work, Alessia worked for a number of years in the film industry for a leading Italian production company, travelling and working extensively in both Italy and Eastern Europe. Alessia holds a Bachelor of Arts, with majors in Media Studies and Literature, and a Master of Science in Poverty Reduction and Development Management.
Community Arts Development Officer, Bundaberg Regional Council
As part of her current role as a Community Arts Development Officer Jolene undertakes RADF liaison for council and community. Prior to this she worked as Promotions and Engagement Officer at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre and enjoyed the challenge of marketing over 100 events in any calendar year and developing and managing community events based on community needs. Part of her role was to manage website and social media for the Theatre, among various strategic marketing of event campaigns and numerous other forms of engagement including various media and newsletters.
Jolene have also worked at the Bundaberg Regional Galleries and curated various art exhibitions. Before engaging in employment with the Council, Jolene was self-employed as an independent Graphic Designer for 20+ years, with her strength being developing strong unique corporate images. Many years ago she facilitated as a Tutor in Design Perspective Course at CQ University and have won arts prizes with digital artworks in the Bundaberg Arts Festival.
Non-executive Director Limbs&Life, MCM Business Solutions
Natasha is an experienced accounting and finance professional with expertise in accounting including accounts payable, accounts receivable, processing and checking invoices, payroll management, superannuation, taxation, insurance, bank reconciliations, credit control/debt collection, and financial management including budgeting, reporting, financial legislation, policies and procedures.
Natasha offers verifiable history of significant contributions made in positions such as Accountant, Business Manager, Auditor and Analyst spanning a 20+ year career.
National Manager Emergency Services, Australian Red Cross
Andrew has been involved in the emergency management sector, with a strong focus on recovery, for in excess of 20 years. Initially working in government, he was the National Recovery Consultant at EMA’s Australian Emergency Management Institute at Mt. Macedon. In this role he led the development and delivery of recovery curriculum at the Institute and provided consultancy support to state government recovery coordinators in the aftermath of various disasters, including the Port Arthur shootings, Indian Ocean Tsunami, Canberra Bushfires and Bali Bombings. Following that he moved to Australian Red Cross to grow their role in emergency management, building on the strong reputation and base of the organisation to broaden involvement to all aspects of the emergency management continuum; before, during and after. This has included a very deliberate development of Red Cross’s work in building individual and community resilience, as well as a commitment to supporting communities through their long-term recovery. Key activities have included growth of Red Cross’s recovery work in the aftermath of the Black Saturday Bushfires, development of the RediPlan preparedness program and establishment of a three year, multi state recovery program in the aftermath of the 2019/20 Bushfires
Throughout his career Andrew has also been involved in a wide range of policy development, including contributing to the National Recovery Principles and National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework. Initiatives he has been involved with include the establishment of the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities and the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.
At a personal level he is committed to community engagement and empowerment and see the importance and value of the arts in supporting people to progress through recovery and help make meaning of traumatic experiences. In addition, he has a strong interest in individual and community sense of place, having previously studied landscape architecture and urban planning.
Andrew has undertaken a couple of key leadership development opportunities, completing Leadership Courses offered through both Asialink and Leadership Victoria. Each of these opportunities has broadened my thinking in relation to challenges that communities face, and the critically important role of not for profit and community-based organisations in helping address these challenges.
Andrew is currently a Board member of Volunteering Victoria and have previously been on the Boards of Volunteering Australia and Asia-Australia Mental Health.
Dr Jen Rae is a Narrm (Melbourne)-based artist-researcher of Canadian Métis-Scottish descent. Her 15-year practice-led research expertise is in the discursive field of contemporary environmental art and arts-based environmental communication. It is centered around cultural responses to climate change, specifically the role of artists. Her work is engaged in discourses around food in/security, disaster preparedness and ecological futures predominantly articulated through transdisciplinary collaborative methodologies and community alliances. She is the Creative Lead of Fair Share Fare; a board member of the International Environmental Communication Association and, has lectured at the postgraduate level in socially engaged art and performance at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.
Director, Policy Partnerships, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Vic
Jessica is a strategic and engaging leader with a ten-year career in the public sector, including Government Departments and Statutory Authorities spanning community, economic development, education and emergency management.
She has extensive experience in assisting communities and understanding how they respond during and after times of crisis, with an ability to balance empathy with government deliverables. She excels at critical analysis in difficult circumstances, with a deep understanding of the workings of government and an ability to translate responses to issues into public policy with tangible outcomes.
A direct and open communicator, she has exceptional relationship building skills, from the highest levels internally to individuals in the community. I am a passionate person who takes pride in demonstrating high standards, acting with ethical integrity and effectively managing people to do the same.
Director, Beyond Business as Usual
A specialist in helping people solve complex problems in tough times, Jill has a deep technical and experiential knowledge of emergency management and the systemic causes and effects of climate and disaster risk. This expertise is directly translatable to other challenges.
Regarded as one of Australia’s thought leaders and adaptive change agents in systemic climate and disaster risk management, emergency management, capability building and community services, Jill has learnt a lot over decades and is passionate about working with others to find solutions to seemingly intractable problems.
Working with the Australian Government National Resilience Taskforce in 2019 gave Jill an insight into what makes Australia vulnerable and what’s needed to build resilience.
Arts and Health Gippsland
Rebecca is a practicing community artist, currently working on a project funded by VicHealth’s ‘Everyday Creativity’ grants, in the Baw Baw region of Gippsland. She is managing 10 facilitating artists to embed the creative arts within the community as a means for improving social connectivity and mental health. She hold degrees in Art (Ceramics), and Education, Honours in Psychological Science, and a Masters in Public Health, her academic approach informs both her community work and her studio practice.
Rebecca’s art follows themes of feminist mothering and dealing with chronic illness. She’s recently been published in Hecate, as a result of her tour of the Giant Knit.ted Placenta, a community art project completed during 2017-2019. During the C-19 lockdown she created a series of online arts for health sessions for the local community using Zoom. During that time she also was a facilitating artist for the Creative Recovery Network’s Phase One of a Bushfire Recovery project in the Baw Baw Shire.
Staff – driving the tiny house
Scotia is currently Manager of the Creative Recovery Network, advocating and supporting the role arts and creativity plays within disaster preparedness and response. The Creative Recovery Network aims to gather, critique, develop and share the knowledge gained nationally and internationally for engagement of the arts in disaster recovery and preparedness, along with developing tools and support for artists working in this field.
Scotia has a performance background spanning 25 years in movement-based theatre, devised performance, and coordination of projects and theatrical productions, performance crosses through traditional theatre forms, installation performance, film, live-art and on-line exchanges. She established Australian chapter of the Magdalena International Project, which aims to give voice and recognition to the skills and achievements of women in theatre.
Jill Robson is Creative Recovery Network’s project manager and a communications specialist with more than 15 years experience in the film and cultural sectors as a publicist, marketing executive and communications director. She was previously Head of Communications for the Doha Film Institute in Qatar, Director of Marketing and Communications for Brisbane-based cultural initiative the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and regional publicist and event manager for Dendy Films and Dendy Cinemas in Queensland.
Advisors to the Committee – raising flags and offering provocations
Independent Performing Arts Professional
I love theatre and live performance and have a commitment to giving voice to the stories from our ever increasing complex fabric of Australian communities – whether that be through narrative theatre, physical performance, film, music, visual arts, puppetry or installation arts. I have a commitment to making creative and artistic possibilities accessible to diverse audiences, especially to people in situations of disadvantage and it is my aim to use my experience, skills and artistic practices to develop, promote and encourage cultural change through innovative performance
Ron Bradfield Jnr is a saltwater fella from Bardi Country, north of Broome but grew up in Geraldton, WA. He now calls Whadjuk Boodjah, his home.
He has worked across the visual arts sphere and how this connects to communities for the last ten years; having been the Operations Manager for Urban Indigenous and, the Membership and Indigenous Development Manager for Artsource, where both roles involved working closely with local artists and assisting them in sharing their practices or, assisting them with issues they may face on a day-to-day basis!
Ten years serving in the Australian Defence Force, has given him many skills in preparing, planning and implementing tasks, thus allowing me the opportunity to better manage projects and personnel. Operating and co-existing in confined and pressured environments also teach you how to work closely with all types of people and personalities, to get the task done.
His experiences to date – across such a diverse field – all have one thing in common: working intimately with other people, often in their own environment. To do so requires the ability to build real relationships, based on trust and understanding.
This combined with his own Indigenous background gives him the unique ability to act as a ‘bridge’ between differing parties – encouraging people to actually speak with each other on a level footing, to develop clearly understood outcomes for all concerned.
Primarily he aims to empower Indigenous peoples so they can be clear on their own needs, determine their own goals and build more effective relationships with non-Indigenous peoples, communities, business groups and organisations.
Cultural Development Network
He studied at the Tasmanian School of Art, the South Australian School of Art, Monash University and the Academy of Fine Art Karlsruhe, Germany. From 1992, John was Director of the State Film Centre of Victoria, leading it through its development to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
He was responsible for opening the new public facilities at Federation Square in Melbourne in October 2002. Since joining CDN, he has worked with the Board and a highly skilled team to support stronger planning within the cultural development activities of local government.